Mainland Regional High School rising senior Megan McIntyre-Bozzi did a lot of traveling for lacrosse the past few years.
But it was a trip to Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina last fall that stood out the most. Not long after she got back to South Jersey, she made her commitment to the school.
The Linwood resident said she received a partial athletic and academic scholarship to attend Coastal Carolina. She will join the Chanticleers for the 2019 season.
“It’s really exciting,” McIntyre-Bozzi, 16, said by phone Monday.
Coastal Carolina is an NCAA Division I program that plays in the Sun Belt Conference. Last season, the Chanticleers, led by second-year head coach Kristen Selvage, went 13-6 last season, dropping the conference championship game 11-10 to Jacksonville.
“(Selvage) is super nice and supportive of all the other recruits, too,” McIntyre-Bozzi continued. “I’ve been to three camps down there. The most recent one was so much fun.”
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Middle Township senior midfielder Bridget Ruskey was once again one of the most dominant players in the state, scoring 105 goals to go with 31 assists. She finished her career with 485 goals, a new state record, and 621 total points. She led the Panthers to their first ever South Jersey championship and first appearance in the state championship. She will play for NCAA Division I La Salle University next season.
Ocean City senior attack Rialee Allen was among the Red Raiders’ best offensive players this season, scoring 43 goals with 27 assists, leading the team to the first CAL title since 2013. She is headed to La Salle on a field hockey scholarship.
Lower Cape May Regional senior attack Devon Blackley led the Caper Tigers with 67 assists to go with 38 goals. Her assists were second in the CAL.
Millville senior attack Abagail Daigle tied the CAL lead in goals with 105. She also had 24 assists to lead the Thunderbolts. With 305 career goals, she is the third to reach that milestone in the CAL. She will play soccer in the fall and lacrosse next spring for Division III Rowan.
Middle Township senior attack Jenna Herlihy was second on the Panthers with 63 goals, and was third with 91 points. She was a key part to one of the best offenses in South Jersey, leading to a sectional title.
Mainland Regional junior attack Megan McIntyre-Bozzi was once again one of the most dynamic scorers in the CAL, scoring 97 goals. She also had 40 assists. Her 137 points were second in the CAL and tied for eighth in the state.
Mainland Regional junior midfielder Gabrielle Cohen had 58 goals and 16 assists for the Mustangs.
Ocean City sophomore midfielder Danielle Donoghue did it all in the midfield for Ocean City in 2017. She led the Red Raiders with 41 assists and 77 points. She also had 77 ground balls, 96 draw controls, 24 caused turnovers and four interceptions.
Middle Township senior midfielder Allison Hunter led the state once again in assists (99), and scored 53 goals. She led the CAL in total points (152), fourth most in the state. She is the all-time leader in career assists in the state (319). She will join teammate Ruskey and play lacrosse at La Salle.
Barnegat senior midfielder Alexis Quinn had 73 goals to lead the Bengals.
Lacey Township sophomore Claudia Schreier led the Lions with 66 goals and 85 points.
Ocean City senior defender Nicholl Fenton scooped 51 ground balls, had 15 draw controls and caused 33 turnovers to lead Ocean City’s defense. She will play field hockey at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
Middle Township senior defender Skylar Gentilini, a four-year starter, had 50 ground balls, second most on the team. She also scored seven goals and had nine assists. Middle allowed just 7.67 goals per game.
Mainland Regional senior defender Allison Hoelker scooped 36 ground balls and led the Mustangs defense.
Ocean City junior defender Hailey Stack had 16 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers and was one of the leaders on Ocean City’s defense.
Millville senior and three-year starting goalie Brittany Watson made 170 saves. She will play for Division III Rutgers-Camden next year.
For the past three seasons, she has been one of the top players in the Cape-Atlantic League. Last season, she was a first-team Press All-Star after scoring 97 goals to go with 40 assists. She was second in the CAL with 137 points.
McIntyre-Bozzi also was a first-team Press All-Star in her sophomore season and an honorable mention selection as a freshman. She has 263 career goals, putting her on pace to become the fourth CAL girls lacrosse player to score 300.
“Megan has worked extremely hard since she was probably in seventh grade, going to camps, going to clinics and always trying to better herself” Mainland coach Bernadette Daley said.
“And you can see her out on the field, sometimes it’s practice or in games, that if she makes a move and it doesn’t work the way she anticipated, you can see her physically and mentally work through the steps on how she did it so she can get by a defender or make a better pass or make the shot.”
McIntyre-Bozzi’s approach to the game is reflected in what she wants to do in college. She plans to major in sports management because she would love to coach lacrosse someday.
“I had the pleasure of having her in (money management) class, too,” Daley said. “She’s very hard-working, diligent about getting work done and diligent about her studies. She has very high standards set for herself.”
Daley is relying on McIntyre-Bozzi to be one of the Mustangs’ key players next spring. Mainland is expected to be one of the top contenders in the CAL, along with Middle Township and rival Ocean City.
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Absegami senior Evan Sibson had a Cape-Atlantic League-leading 73 goals and 107 total points. The 2017 Press Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year became the CAL's all-time leading goal scorer on May 1. He finished his career with 259 goals and 160 assists. He will play lacrosse at NCAA Division II Chestnut Hill next season.
Ocean City senior attack Logan Bloomstead led the Red Raiders with 43 goals and 32 assists and was fifth in the Cape-Atlantic League in points (75). He had 42 ground balls.
Junior attack Keegan Ford led the Mainland Regional in goals (44) and points (88). His 44 assists were tied for the Cape-Atlantic League lead.
Southern Regional senior attack Kyle Mulrane scored 52 goals to go with 24 assists. He will play at Division III Eastern University next season.
Senior attack Zach Wechsler led the Egg Harbor Township with 37 goals and 17 assists to go with 16 ground balls. He finished his career with 105 career goals and 59 career assists. He play for Stockton University next season.
Absegami senior midfielder Randy Collins led the CAL with 166 ground balls and was second in scoring with 72 goals. He added 18 assists and was a big part of the Braves’ offense and defense. He will play for Division III Arcadia next season.
Lower Cape May Regional senior Jarryd Hill led the Caper Tigers with 53 assists and had 50 goals. On the defensive side, he won more than 70 percent of faceoffs and scooped 145 ground balls.
Mainland Regional senior midfielder Ethan Irizarry scored 38 goals to go with 30 assists. He also grabbed a team-leading 74 ground balls and was one of the most versatile players in the Cape-Atlantic League. He will play for Division II Coker University next season.
St. Augustine Prep senior midfielder Ethan Kazmierski led the Hermits with 31 goals to go with seven assists. He will play for Division III Amherst next season.
Southern Regional senior midfielder Will Johnson scored a Rams-leading 66 goals, and was second on the team with 80 points.
Mainland Regional junior back Dylan Dill stepped up as the leader on Mainland’s physical and tough defense this season. He had 30 ground balls.
The senior stepped up as the leader on Mainland’s physical and tough defense this season. He had 30 ground balls.
Senior long-stick midfielder Jake McCaughan was a key contributor to the Hermits’ stout defense. He will play for Division I Penn State next season.
Ocean City junior long-stick midfielder Harry Pfeifle scooped 70 ground balls for the Red Raiders. He also contributed on offense with 12 goals and six assists.
Ocean City senior goalie Mark Kolmer made 182 saves and led the Cape-Atlantic League with a .657 save percentage. He will play for Division I High Point next season.
St. Augustine Prep senior goalie Luke Russomanno made 172 saves and had a .603 save percentage and 7.7 goals- against average. He will play for Division I Ohio State next season.
This year, the Mustangs finished 13-6 and in third place in the CAL. In 2016, they went 16-4 and finished second. Both seasons ended with South Jersey Group III playoff losses to eventual champion Moorestown.
“My goal is to enjoy this last season with the coaches who have always encouraged everyone,” McIntyre-Bozzi said. ”We’re going for (the CAL title). We hope to win. We’ve had two great seasons, and I think this season should be even better.”